Illini Veterans Sponsor Memorial 5k Run/Walk

The Illini Veterans are proud to sponsor their 2nd Annual Memorial 5K Run/Walk to benefit the new Center for Wounded Veterans In Higher Education being built at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana.  This center will provide comprehensive, integrated educational services to veterans with severe and multiple disabilities as they pursue degrees at the UofI.  Our Marine Corps League detachment has supported the creation of this center with multiple donations since we learned of its inception and are still raising money to help ensure its success.  Please click on the thumbnail to download the flier/registration.


Marines of the Richard L. Pittman Detachment Step up to Help out the Troops at Christmas

This year, our detachment decided to assist a local charity that supports our men and women deployed overseas.  MCL detachment member Ken Fernandes brought it to the attention of our Marines that a local lady by the name of Lori Stewart ran a charity to assist our troops deployed overseas. They were looking for assistance to send Christmas Care Packages overseas and our guys stepped in to help make that happen.  Many of us knew Lori through her work in the past while her son was deployed in the War on Terror and wanted to help her however we could.  The detachment made a commitment to donate $3000 to help her organization out.  Lori and her crew do great things and if you are interested in helping her in the future, here is the information for her  MCL members Ken Fernandes, his wife Amie, and Mike Fitzgerald stopped in and assisted Lori and her troops with packaging.


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Marine Corps League Recognizes Local Family for Their Support of the Military

On January 29th, 2014 Commandant Chris Hanson and detachment member Ron Castle recognized Ruby Splittstoesser for her and her husband’s support of the military.  It was brought to the detachment’s attention that the Splittstoesser’s had been sending care packages to our troops deployed overseas for several years.  So far they have sent more than 3067 packages to our young men and women deployed in the War on Terror.  When members of the local Marine Corps League detachment learned that the Splittstoessers had been funding most of the cost of their endeavor from their own funds, the detachment wanted to step in and help out.  A check was presented for $1000 to help with the next round of packages and a Certificate of Appreciation from the Marines was presented to show our gratitude for their patriotism and support.  Dan and Ruby are always looking for names of those deployed and would welcome donations from the community.  They can be contacted at Dan & Ruby Splittstoesser, P.O. Box 324, Thomasboro, IL 61878.
Pictured is Detachment Commandant Hanson presenting a check and Certificate of Appreciation to Mrs Splittstoesser.
Check presentation

Detachment Member Receives Bronze Star

On October 31st, 2014 Major Christopher Bourbeau was presented with the Bronze Star during an award ceremony at the University of Illinois in Urbana-Champaign.  As Executive Officer of 1st Brigade Security Force Assistance – Advisor Team, Regimental Combat Team 7,  Major Bourbeau distinguished himself through his actions while working with the Afghan National Army’s 1st Brigade, 215th Corps in Helmand Province Afghanistan.  During the period July 2012 through May 2013, Major Bourbeau conducted 10 battlefield circulations, traversed more than 1000 miles of hostile territory, and led 350 combat patrols with his Afghan partners.  Major Bourbeau currently serves as a Marine Officer Instructor (MOI) for the NROTC at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Illinois.  The Major is also a member of the Richard L. Pittman, Marine Corps League Detachment #1231 and serves as an advisor to the Illini Young Marines.  It should be noted that the Bronze Star is usually awarded to members of the infantry and rarely to aviators.  Major Bourbeau is pictured with Detachment Commandant Chris Hanson at the award ceremony.  To read the full award citation click below.




Bronze Star Certificate

And the Winners Are…..

The following is a list of all the winners drawn during the gun raffle on Saturday:

1st Place: D. Harrington – Adams Arms AR-15
2nd Place: T. Hoel – Rock River Arms AR-15
3rd Place: E. McKay – Springfield Armory XDM-40
4th Place: P. Lewis – Auto Ordinance .45
5th Place: A. Lindstrom – Mossberg Shotgun
C. Gadberry – $200
S. Murphy – $200
C. Martin – $100
C. Hanson – $100
E. Buenting – $100
K. Bourbeau – $100
J. Rivera – $100
D. Wells – $100
J. Hefley – $100
K. Murray – $100
W. Burgess – $100
A. Pruitt/C. Pruitt – $100
J. Hill – $100
E. Hussar – $100
M. Sturch – $100
K. Ehler – $100
G. Evans – $100
C. Koester – $100
B. Fernandez – $100
C. Reynolds – $100
M. Lewis – $100
Last ticket drawn: B. Fernandez – Smith & Wesson Airweight
To everyone who bought tickets, thank you for your support.

Gun Raffle


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We will be holding a gun raffle on January 18, 2014 at Smokey's House BBQ in Savoy, IL from 1-4pm. Bring your raffle ticket stub with you and show